AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course Olympic National Park


Clallam County, Washington

Group Size

Max 15 people


1.5 days




Field Day 1 @Snoqualmie Pass or ONP/Hurricane Ridge Arrive 8:00 am and get ready for the day. Meet at 8:30am, perform a gear check, do introductions, and then start our program. We learn how to use the gear efficiently including learning more about transceivers, probes and shovels. We will practice self-rescue and Companion rescue and take a closer look at the snowpack by digging a test profile to find any slabs.

Field Day 2 We continue our education by focusing on Terrain Management, Track Setting, and more advanced transceiver techniques. We bring all the skills together and move into Tour Planning, Map And Compass Navigation.

Optional 2-Day Intro to Backcountry Touring Extension: “Putting it All Together” add a weekend and develop tour plans and apply appropriate travel techniques. Participants will test their judgment on a full day tour under the instructors’ guidance. Additional practice with skinning, track setting and route finding as well.